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  1. Houmanumi

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Unpopular opinion -- we're writing off Asanoyama too soon. Day 1 & 2 Losses to Endo and Takanosho respectively. A Komusubi and M1 who were both in excellent form the first few days. Not great, but not so terrible and certainly not unjustifiable. Day 3 - Loss to Terunofuji, former ozeki, current M1/defending champion and total wild card. Not great, but not so terrible and certainly not unjustifiable. With each of those losses we saw a dent in his confidence, too. Which wouldn't have helped. Day 4 - Stong win against a resilient joi-constant in Hokutofuji. Day 5 - Confidence building win against Tamawashi. In theory, his run home isn't so bad. The remaining san'yaku (excepting Shodai and maybe Takakeisho) haven't looked all that strong. If he can get some confidence building wins against rank and filers he could come into form at the right time. He'll likely need to win out, sure, but he's capable of that. 2 more losses each for Shodai and Takakeisho isn't unthinkable. I'm not saying it's the LIKELY outcome, but it's well within the realms of possibility for me. There's a recent enough precedent too with Harumafuji's 2017 Aki yusho. He was 2-3 on Day five and got the 11-4 yusho. I'm holding out hope he can start a Tsuna run. That said a Shodai, Takakeisho or Terunofuji win are all also super exciting propositions.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Sumo is unlike other sports in that Oyakata are exclusively successful rikishi by necessity, that said I still think it's too early to tell with Hakuho. Early indications are good on his scouting, given the success Enho and Ishiura have had, but then there's Toma who is bordering on disappointment at this stage. Senho is mixed. Hokuseiho looks like one to watch certainly but way to early to tell. Between the Hakuho Cup and his success, I expect Hakuho will have the benefit of sumo prodigy's wanting to work under him. Can he take them to the next level? I think probably. He seems quite caring/fatherly but also like he won't accept anything less than his deshi's absolute best. I think/hope he'll ride that line well.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Out of reacts but agreed. It seems he's given in to the pressure of those calling on him to do "traditional" sumo (which is ridiculous when he is physically anything but). I wonder whether this view is being reinforced by coach Hak.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Quoting myself may seem odd but it just hit me, barring a successful comeback this basho he'll certainly drop to Juryo. Have we seen the last of the Geek? Damn shame if so. He's a sentimental favourite of mine and I imagine to many here.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Looks like Kotoshogiku will be kyujo from today, giving Chiyotairyu the fusen win. Relevant story: https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/bc8b2df93f2199ee643718889f52dd982439ab5c
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    Goeido to Retire

    It's interesting, several others have been postponed similarly I assume (Aminishiki and Yoshikaze come to mind)? With the other notable intai's we've seen lately (Tochiozan, Toyonoshima among others) I expect in 2022 we'll be flooded with high-profile danpatsu-shiki events.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I already reacted, but I agree with and appreciate this post so much that I also needed to quote and recognise it here. Well said.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    If that's in response to my post that's certainly not what I meant (but I see how it came off that way). I'm a big fan of his - and a big part of that is because he overachieves. He's smaller, not as well-rounded, but his heart/mental game make him unstoppable and he puts the work in. I'll never stop admiring him for that and I certainly hope he gets it. 100% agreed on the final sentence too. Healthy, peak Takakeisho was looking like the strongest competitor in the division, Yokozuna included.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Takakeisho strikes me as something of an enigma. I was super into his Ozeki run, but always a bit guarded as he is so obviously one dimensional. Once the injuries came in and he cooled off a bit I saw it as a 'return to normal' with a talented young rikishi having a hot streak. That said, in so many ways, he is following a yokozuna career trajectory. Check out the ages of the last ten yokozunae upon their ozeki promotion and how Takakeisho compares: His style/physique remind me of Musashimaru in his earlier career (granted, 17cm / 6.7inches shorter [EDIT: Obviously shorter limbs, too]). Looking at the above, they also were promoted around the same time, and while Musashimaru was very much an pusher-thruster in the beginning he eventually developed his own belt game, often by just wearing others out with his size. Takakeisho's weight gain suggests to be that he's looking to put more power behind his thrusts and make himself harder to deal with on the belt in the same way, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a lot of tactical thinking behind how to make his "unique for sanyaku" body work for him. If he follows in Musashimaru's footsteps, we could be seeing a long ozeki career with an eventual promotion. That said, from memory Musashimaru benefited to a degree from others being kyujo (not to suggest at all that he wasn't a worthy yokozuna) -- and look at where we are now with Takakeisho? Or, maybe he's sumo's Ronda Rousey? One ludicrously strong attack that can't be stopped even though all of his opposition know what's coming? If that's the case, I'd expect a similar career trajectory - a short burst of dominance before an exploitable weakness is exposed. Could still be yokozuna, but maybe not for very long? Maybe injuries will get on top of him, or his weaknesses will be exploited sooner rather than later and he'll crash and burn? He fascinates me, though. He has a mental strength and determination I don't think we've seen in a rikishi since Hakuho himself. I am very much enjoying being along for the ride.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    It's madness. I was firmly in the "well, we'll never see that again". Then boom, Terunofuji from M17. Not the same I know, but honestly, I don't know that anything could truly surprise me from here.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    After Hatsu this year, I no longer believe in "a bit too far of a shot in the dark".
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    This^. Takakeisho looked good, don't get me wrong, but I'm not getting carried away. Terunofuji faced him once before, well before he really came into his own with his oshi-zumo. It seems more likely to me that Terunofuji was caught off-guard rather than Takakeisho has returned (completely) to form. That said, I'll be very happy to see a Takakeisho usho/tsuna-run, so I hope I'm wrong!
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    Bench Sumo news

    As long as we're agreed that my ability to rhyme is spectacular. FWIW -- I'm a data/automation guy by day if ever another pair of hands is needed to help things along.
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    Bench Sumo news

    Are we all agreed then that 'nine is fine'? ... I just really wanted to rhyme.
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    Bench Sumo news

    6th for highest winning percentage of active players?! To intai, or not to intai, that is the question... In case I don't see it come up elsewhere, I'm happy to help out with a few gyoji days in the upcoming basho.